Photo: Teemu Suominen

FIS World Cup 2018

Finland
9 Feb - 11 Feb

Technical Racing at the Arctic Circle

FIS World Cup, Race 3

Date Type
2/9/2018 Qualification
2/10/2018 Race Day

FIS World Cup, Race 4

Date Type
2/11/2018 Race Day

Track Data

Name Sallatunturi
Location Salla
Country Finland
Track Record 169.57
Record Holder Simone Origone
FIS Homologation Number 4471/149/95
Inspector MARTREUIL Martial
Vertical Drop 165
Competition Track Length 400
Braking Zone Length 150
Total Length 550
Elevation Top 435 m a.s.l.
Elevation Bottom 270 m a.s.l.
Speed Max 170

Sallatunturi

Arskan-rinne

Sallatunturi Speed Skiing track is placed in the slope Arskan rinne. It resides in the Salla Ski Resort in Finland, just at the arctic circle.

The track is one of the technical tracks on the FIS Speed Skiing tour, rewarding skiers who have have a really stable position and super flat skis.

The Salla race track starts with a medium steep section, turning very steep in the middle, and then medium steep again. The changes in the terrain causes the skier to both lift and compress, making it easy to make mistakes.

The timing zone is a place where much of the race is decided, as the skier is compressed just as the timing zone starts. It is very important to hold the skis flat through the terrain changes, not to catch an edge or loose speed.

At the top there is normally a starting ramp built in snow for the race, making for higher speeds.

The track is unusually easy to access with parking possibilities just next to the breaking area. There is also a house with facilities and timing info display just next to the track.

Speeds in Sallatunturi is somewhere in between 140 and 170 km/h, depending on the snow and wind conditions.

Salla

Salla is located in Lapland in Finland. It is a municipality that covers 5,730.06 square kilometres and has a population density of 0.63 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Sallatunturi

Sallatunturi is a village located around 10 km south of Salla municipality and is the location of the Salla Ski Resort.

Lift tickets

Lift tickets are bought at the Service Building. Salla uses SkiData KeyCard so if you already have one, bring it.

Prices are available on the Salla Ski Resort Website.

Access to the race track is free.

Accommodation

The hotel with closest walking distance to the ski resort is Holiday Club Salla, Hotel Revontuli. It is just 50 meters from the ski lifts, and has an exterior reminding of the Northern Lights. It has a restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and hot tub access. An on site mini market selling groceries. Free Wifi in all rooms.

Holiday Club also has rustic modern apartments at the same location, with access to the facilities in the Hotel.

Sallainen has nice cottages at the same distance, maybe even closer to the race track. They have private saunas, free Wifi and a fully equipped kitchen.

Sallatunturin Tuvat is also within a very short distance, and has rustic cabins and cottages in a woodsy hotel. They also have a casual restaurant and a pub.

Track Access

The track is unusually easy to access. The braking area can be accessed by car, or walking from the hotel or cottages.

The top of the track is accessed using the adjacent ski lift.

The Speed Ski track is 3.2 on this map.